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“An Early History of Satellites.” (Credit: Broadband Wherever) It’s not often that one associates a satellite with French folk songs, but this infographic does that and more. On it you will find the major launches of the early space age — from the Soviet Union’s Sputnik to the Czechoslovakian Magion 1 — showing how satellites quickly evolved between 1957 and 1978.
A Long and Winding Road: Cassini Celebrates 15 Years - Since launching on Oct. 15, 1997, the spacecraft has logged more than 3.8 billion miles (6.1 billion kilometers) of exploration - enough to circle Earth more than 152,000 times. After flying by Venus twice, Earth, and then Jupiter on its way to Saturn, Cassini pulled into orbit around the ringed planet in 2004 and has been spending its last eight years weaving around Saturn, its glittering rings and intriguing moons.
The Kepler Space Telescope. Precision Pointing: It's a Matter of Scale. (Image credit: NASA Ames/Wendy Stenzel.) The next time you're asked to pass the salt think of the Kepler space telescope, and share its story. Mona Evans, "Searching for Extrasolar Planets" www.bellaonline.c...